Press Releases

Government Erred in Deciding to Grant Waiver to Makah Tribe

Friday, April 05, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is alarmed that the federal government has proposed allowing the Makah tribe of Washington to kill gray whales again. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that...

AWI Commends Bipartisan Effort to Stop Horse Slaughter

Thursday, April 04, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the 111 members of the US House of Representatives who recently signed a bipartisan letter in support of defunding federal inspections of horse slaughter facilities . Blocking...

Scientists Declare Red Wolf to be Valid Species

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Washington, DC –The Animal Welfare Institute commends today’s announcement by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics that the red wolf is a “distinct species.” As detailed in the National Academies’ report, “ Evaluating...

BLM Bucks Controversial Policy for Wild Horse Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is gratified to learn that the Bureau of Land Management has rescinded a controversial sales policy for wild horses and burros in the United States that could have...

AWI Statement on House Bill to Protect North Atlantic Right Whale

Thursday, March 07, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and John Rutherford (R-FL) for introducing the bipartisan Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act. This legislation would provide sustained funding...

AWI Condemns Gray Wolf Delisting

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) condemns a proposed rule, announced today by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), to eliminate Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves across the contiguous United...

AWI Statement on Iceland Whaling Quota

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) strongly opposes Iceland’s decision Tuesday to establish a base whaling quota of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales annually from 2019 to 2023. Due to this misguided...

AWI Statement on Transfer of Dolphins from Dolphinaris Arizona

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has confirmed from contacts on the ground that the last four remaining bottlenose dolphins at Dolphinaris Arizona were transferred out of the facility late last night. It is...

National Park Service Sued to Stop Deer Kill on Fire Island

Monday, February 18, 2019
Central Islip, NY —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Wildlife Preserves, Inc. (WPI) filed for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction Friday against Kelly Fellner, acting superintendent of the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS),...

PREPARED Act Aims to Save Animals from Natural, Man-Made Disasters

Thursday, February 07, 2019
Washington, DC —Fires, floods and earthquakes can cause intense suffering and death to the millions of animals trapped in commercial and research facilities. Today, Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the “Providing...